Attack of the Killer Track! is a series that explores tracks from artists from a variety of genres. Some of the tracks were singles, some of them were obscure b-sides or long forgotten album tracks. One thing is certain – all of them are killer tracks.
All of the hype over the latest Black Sabbath album had me thinking about what a drag it is that Phil Collins is still considered so uncool these days. Phil Collins not only backed up Black Sabbath when Bill Ward couldn’t play for the Queen’s Jubilee a decade ago, he also performed on some of the greatest progressive rock records of the 70’s. Hell, I even like some of his solo pop tracks. My favorite solo Phil Collins song is the single I Don’t Care Anymore taken from his 1982 record Hello, I Must Be Going! It features a heavy drum backing and emotional, angry vocals. In fact – this is probably the angriest song of Phil’s solo career. The lyrics are directed at his ex-wife and make it clear that he had grown tired of the non stop gossip and slander about him that he felt she was responsible for. The track peaked at #39 on the US charts and did not chart in the UK. The studio version of the song involved only two people – Phil Collins on keyboards, drums, vocals, bass pedals and Daryl Stuermer on guitars. I’d imagine this song would resonate with anyone who has ever had something said about them that they didn’t agree with. The lyrics are almost punk rock in their direct approach and Phil enunciates certain verses in ways that no one else could get away with (notice how he says “no more”, for instance). Key lyrics:
Well you can tell everyone I’m a down disgrace
Drag my name all over the place.
I don’t care anymore.
You can tell everybody ’bout the state I’m in
You won’t catch me crying ‘cos I just can’t win.
I don’t care anymore I don’t care anymore
I don’t care what you say
I don’t play the same games you play.
‘Cos I’ve been talking to the people that you call your friends
And it seems to me there’s a means to an end.
They don’t care anymore.
And as for me I can sit here and bide my time
I got nothing to lose if I speak my mind.
I don’t care anymore I don’t care no more
Attack of the Killer Track! is a series that explores lesser known tracks from artists from a variety of genres. Some of the tracks were singles, some of them were obscure b-sides or long forgotten album tracks. One thing is certain – all of them are killer tracks.
These days most people remember Genesis for the radio friendly songs of the 80’s and very early 90’s (and probably think a few Phil Collins solo tracks are Genesis). Those in the know might proclaim their love of the early 70’s era of Genesis – boldly stating that Peter Gabriel is the only singer for Genesis that they admire. I tend to appreciate both eras for what they were but definitely have more love for the Peter Gabriel era. An interesting fact is that prior to becoming prog superstars, Genesis was basically a Bee Gees influenced pop rock band. This lasted for all of one album and a few non album songs. My favorite track from this era is “That’s Me”, released in early 1968 as the flip side of the single “The Silent Sun”. The track features an impassioned vocal delivery by an 18-year-old Englishman named Peter Gabriel. Rounding out the band is Anthony Philips on guitar, Tony Banks on keyboards, Michael Rutherford on bass & guitar, and John Silver on drums (Phil Collins didn’t appear on a Genesis record until 1971 with the release of their 3rd record, Nursery Cryme). Gabriel’s vocals have a weight far beyond his years and the music provides a mysterious Rock ‘n’ Roll backdrop. Go ahead and play the track embedded at the bottom of this short piece and find yourself amazed as an 18-year-old Peter Gabriel belts out these key lyrics:
They told me things about me that I didn’t know
But I could tell they’ve told me lies
And it really goes to show
That everyone was wrong
And they don’t understand my ways
But it’s not me that’s going wrong, it’s them
Part 2 of a series that will run every Friday throughout 2012 as I discuss records that have affected me throughout the years – Flashback Fridays
I wasn’t completely honest with you in last weeks column. Although by the age of 19 I had sworn off mainstream music (mainstream in the USA, anyway) I had a very dark secret. I tried to bring up this secret with friends at parties or over heated discussions about music whilst we all drank coffee. All to no avail. You see dear reader…I love Genesis. Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins – it doesn’t matter who is on vox (though I prefer Peter Gabriel). Heck, I am reduced to tears by the performance of “Against all Odds” by solo Phil Collins at Live Aid. I’m not sure how it started or why, but I do suspect my dad’s record collection had something to do with it.